In one of the fastest trials ever in India, a POCSO court in Bihar’s Araria district has sentenced a man in just one day’s proceedings to life imprisonment for raping an eight-year-old girl.
POCSO Court Special Judge Shashi Kant Rai also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the convict and directed him to pay a compensation of Rs 7 lakh for the survivor’s rehabilitation.
Though the sentence was passed on October 4, the order sheet pertaining to the case was made available only on November 26.
The girl was raped on July 22 this year and an FIR was lodged the next day. The case was supervised by Araria women’s police station in-charge Rita Kumari.
Talking to reporters, POSCO Public Prosecutor Shyamlal Yadav said, “The case in Araria was the speediest trial of a rape case in the country. It beat the record of a court in Madhya Pradesh’s Datia district that wrapped up in three days a rape trial in August 2018.”
The court fast-tracked the proceedings by recording witnesses, arguments, and counter-arguments; convicting the accused, and issuing the judgement in just one day.